2 slices bacon
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped poblano chilies
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons seeded and minced jalapeno pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
⅓ cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2½ cups fat-free chicken broth
1½ cups skim milk
5 cups diced peeled baking potatoes
½ teaspoon salt
5 ounces Cabot Lite50 Jalapeño Cheddar, grated (about 1¼ cups)
2 ounces Cabot Lite50 Sharp Cheddar, grated (½ cup)
⅔ cup chopped green onion
Prep: 35 mins | Cook: 2 hrs 55 mins | Total: 3 hrs 30 mins
COOK bacon in a large skillet over medium-high until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel and set aside.
DISCARD all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet. Add carrots, poblanos, onion, jalapenos, garlic and cumin; sauté, over medium high heat, until the onions are just starting to turn golden brown. Stir in flour and cook for 30 seconds longer.
SCRAPE mixture into large slow cooker. Use chicken broth to deglaze the bottom of the skillet, gently scraping up any cooked on bits from the bottom of the skillet with a spoon. Add the broth from the skillet to the slow cooker, along with the milk, potatoes and salt, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high setting for 2½ to 3 hours or until potatoes are tender and soup is thickened.
ADD cheeses, stirring to combine. Let cook for 15 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Stir soup again before serving. Ladle soup into bowls and serve topped with green onions and reserved bacon, crumbled.
This soup is delicious, however, I did not parboil the potatoes-just added them to the crock pot, raw, like the recipe states and after 4 hours, they were still hard/raw. I finally had to strain all of the potato pieces out of the soup and cook them in the microwave before adding back because dinner was already 2 hours late. Next time, I will parboil the potatoes.
**Thanks for your feedback, the recipe has been edited.
The perfect amount of spicy. My kids loved it.
This soup was very, very good and it was indeed spicy but we like it that way. It is a keeper in my books!